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Ripa Extends 'Live!' Contract Through 2017

As Regis Philbin approaches his last day on Live! With Regis and Kelly next week,
the program has locked in co-host Kelly Ripa for five more years, a
spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.

Ripa has signed a contract extension to keep her on the
syndicated Disney-ABC morning program through 2017. She first joined the
program in 2001, when she replaced co-host Kathie Lee Gifford.

After Philbin's last show on Nov. 18, Live! will bring in a lineup of rotating guest c-hosts, startingwith Jerry Seinfeld on Nov. 21-23.

Names rumored to be on the shortlist to replace Philbin
include Ryan Seacrest and Andy Cohen, though the show is expected to run through
rounds of guest hosts before naming a successor.